Just before Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the U.S. Air Force budget director, walked into the Pentagon briefing room on March 4, an aide slipped him a note.
Boeing said March 7 that “hairline cracks” had been discovered in the wings of about 40 787 Dreamliners that are in production, marking another setback for the company’s newest jet.
In a bid to scramble back into profit, Italy’s Finmeccanica group wants to emulate its European neighbor Airbus and hand more power to its headquarters, cutting back the autonomy of its units.
This week’s rollout of the Defense Department budget prompted as many questions as answers about the U.S. aircraft carrier fleet and the status of future big-ticket jobs at Newport News Shipbuilding.
International sales volume for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft has not met with expectations despite a window of opportunity provided by developmental delays of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders told reporters in Washington March 7.
Top Airbus executives on Friday said they still hoped to expand the company’s share of the shrinking U.S. defense market but did not see a large U.S. acquisition target in the near-term.
Officials from Airbus Group — the European aerospace and defense corporation formerly known as EADS — are hoping a new name will help open up sales opportunities with the U.S. military.
The U.S. Air Force’s decision not to fund the Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite program that would have upgraded 300 U.S. F-16 fighter jets and 146 Taiwan F-16s comes as a blow to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
Air Force leadership spent months telling anyone who would listen that their budget would result in a smaller service today in order to afford modernization for tomorrow, and its budget delivered on that promise. But in an attempt to cut as deeply as possible to fund key priorities, the service has left itself in a precarious position as it heads into Congress to defend its decisions.
Almost a year of complex coordination came down to a frenetic final month at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, where hundreds of soldiers and airmen worked to complete a transit hub by Feb. 1 to carry the U.S. through the waning days of the Afghan war.
When the Defense Department last month announced plans to retire the Beale-based fleet of U-2 spy planes starting in 2016 in favor of drones to save money, people began to worry. As many as 1,070 people attached to the Marysville-area base and its U-2 mission – maintainers, pilots, contractors and medical personnel – could be affected if the spy plane is mothballed, according to federal and state officials.
Under a developing contract at Hill Air Force Base, the mechanical beings will be creating work for humans instead of taking it away.
More than 44 years after his plane was lost in combat during the Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force Capt. Douglas David Ferguson is coming home.
The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans jumped in February, nearly erasing the gains of a few months ago, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.
Thomas Corbett may never know what – if anything – from his five years as a heavy-equipment mechanic in the Marine Corps brought on the disease that likely will steal from him the use of nearly every one of his muscles and, sometime in the next several years, his very breath.
Researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have coined the term “Iraq-Afghanistan war lung injury” to describe respiratory symptoms developed by some veterans — and they have duplicated the problem in mice, using dust from Camp Victory in Baghdad.
The German Army has received the last of 12 Airbus Tiger attack helicopters that have been upgraded to Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) standard, Airbus Group announced March 6.
If, as the Obama administration is convinced, the United States will no longer conduct “long and large stability operations” in foreign countries, then the defense budget it has proposed for next year makes some logical choices. Troop strength, particularly in the Army, is being cut — to the lowest level since before World War II — so that money can be spent on new technology, cyber operations and special operations forces, which will be expanded.